UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

Math Circle People

Steering Committee

Olga Radko was the Founding Director of the LAMC (now called the UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle in her honor). Olga received her Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley in 2002 specializing in Poisson Geometry, and worked in the UCLA department of Mathematics ever since. Olga started LAMC in 2007 and led it until her death in 2020.  Please see the In Memoriam page for more information about Olga.

ORMC is now governed by the Steering Committee.  Please see our Leadership Page for more information about its membership. 

Management Team

Swee Hong Chan is the Deputy Director of ORMC. He received his PhD in Mathematics from Cornell University in 2019 and now researches and teaches as a postdoc in the UCLA Department of Mathematics, where his primary research is in combinatorics and probability, with a focus on the theory of partially ordered sets.
Andreia Chapouto is the Academic and Instructional Supervisor of ORMC, and is the next Deputy Director of ORMC. She received her PhD in Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh in 2021. She is currently a postdoc in UCLA Department of Mathematics, where her research focuses on the analysis of dispersive partial differential equations.
Oleg Gleizer is the Director of ORMC. He has been working for the Circle since 2011. Oleg received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2001 from Northeastern University of Boston specializing in representation theory and special functions. Oleg sees his mission in inventing ways to present some important parts of modern day Mathematics (and occasionally Physics and Economics), typically reserved for college, to the children from age four and up.

Circle Docents

Osman Akar is a third year math grad student at UCLA. He also finished his undergraduate studies at UCLA. His research interests are computational linear algebra and physics-based simulations. He has been in math olympiad environment since he was 6th grade. Beside math, he enjoys playing/watching soccer.
Claribel Alcantar is a parent volunteer providing logistical support in the BNP Bridge program. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from California State University Northridge, with a B.A. in Sociology and Criminology. Subsequently, Claribel completed a Masters Degree from California State University, Long Beach in Public Policy and Administration. She currently holds a position as a Human Resource Specialist with LAUSD. On her spare time, she enjoys physical fitness and rekindling her love for the “digits” zero through nine with her sons Miguel and Matthew.
Ellery Alkotob Ellery Alkotob is a second year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Engineering. She taught STEM subjects to elementary and middle school students throughout high school, and is excited to continue teaching with ORMC. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.
Kason Ancelin is a second-year undergraduate studying Applied Mathematics at UCLA. He will be an instructor in the Olympiads Training course. His academic interests outside of mathematics include economics, game theory, and physiological and nutrition science. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys athletics and hanging out with friends in the dorm lounges. His best friend is Sanjit D, also an instructor for the Math Circle. See Sanjit below.
Aaron Anderson is a fourth-year grad student in Mathematics at UCLA, with a BS from Caltech. His research relates to logic and combinatorics.
Jeth Arunseangroj is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Astrophysics. He has tutored physics to high school students. He loves playing basketball and video editing. He enjoys teaching and would be very happy to answer all of your questions!
Alex Bai is a sophomore at Sierra Canyon School. He loves math and physics and enjoys playing chess and board games in his free time. Alex has been an AIME qualifier since 7th grade and recently qualified for the USAJMO in 9th grade. He is excited to share his passion for mathematics with his peers and eagerly looks forward to working with them.
Mohit Bansil Mohit Bansil is a PhD student in math studying analysis.
Andreas Boulios Andreas Boulios is a UCLA undergraduate student, studying mathematics.
Preston Carroll Preston Carroll is an UCLA alumnus of the Class of 2019, graduating with a degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Mathematics. He is currently a biochemistry researcher at UC Irvine, focusing on muscular dystrophies as well as DNA damage and repair mechanisms.
Siddarth Chalasani
Swee Hong Chan received his Phd in Mathematics from Cornell University in 2019. He is currently a postdoc in UCLA Department of Mathematics, where his primary research area is combinatorics and probability. In his free time, he likes to ride his bicycle and wander around randomly to see if he can eventually make his way home.
Andreia Chapouto
Tracy Charles Tracy Charles
Wyatt Cottriel
Sanjit Dandapanthula is a second-year undergraduate studying mathematics at UCLA. Outside of mathematics, his academic interests include theoretical computer science and physics. This year, he will be an assistant instructor for the Advanced 1A section at the Circle. In his free time, he enjoys mountaineering, playing the bamboo flute, and writing computer code. And Kason Ancelin is his best friend in the whole wide world; see Kason above.
August Deer is a rising Junior assisting with the Intermediate 1 group. He has attended UCLA Math Circle since 3rd grade, and currently attends the Olympiad 2 and Advanced 3 courses. This will be his second summer volunteering as a table instructor. Besides math, August enjoys film-making, piano, computer science, and is a Junior Member of the Magic Castle.
Natalie Deering is a high school junior and is excited to help teach the Advanced 1A group as an assistant instructor. She has attended UCLA Math Circle for 8 years. Her mathematical interests include set theory and analysis. Outside of math, she enjoys music, history, and hiking.
Vivian Dinson Vivian Moy-Dinson is a K-5 teacher for the past 17 years. She received her Masters with honors in Education from Azusa Pacific University and her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly Pomona University. Vivian joined the Math Circle in 2017.
Jiahan Du [Jiahan][Du] is a graduate student in the math department.
Anvesha Dutta
Zenith Farin is the Front Office Coordinator at the UCLA Department of Mathematics and assists with the administrative duties of the Math Circle. If you have any questions or concerns regarding donations, please contact Zenith at zenith@math.ucla.edu.
Jack Fasching is a high school student assisting with the BNP A and B classes for the 2021/22 year. He enjoys helping the younger students on their math journey and has also assisted with the Beginners 2 group through the ORMC summer program. A student in the Math Circle program since 2014, Jack participates in the Olympiad group and Advanced 3 class. In his free time, he enjoys piano, computer programming, origami, and all things math and physics related.
William Garland
Sam Gawboy Hunter Gawboy is an enthusiastic Math and Physics graduate from UCLA. He has always had interest in finding how the areas of his studies interact with and provide greater understanding of each other. In terms of tutoring and teaching, his goal is to have his students not only understand and be able to use what is taught, but to also have an opinion and overall enthusiasm about the topic.
Matthew Gherman is a graduate student in the UCLA Department of Mathematics. He has worked as an assistant and now a lead instructor in the Math Circle for a few years. He enjoys running and rooting for DC sports and, his alma mater, Duke.
Nikita Gladkov is a graduate math student at UCLA. As a student, he has participated in miscellaneous olympiads up to the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). He then served as a coordinator for IMO. He is from Siberia, so he really enjoys the weather in LA.
Gregory Gleizer
Oleg Gleizer Oleg Gleizer is a pedagogical innovator. His daily job is creating the 21st century math curriculum. Dr. Gleizer takes the best from the great text-books and teachers of the past, mostly Russian and American, and adds the math typically taught in college, adjusting it to the cognitive level of his students, from kindergarten to 12th grade. Dr. Gleizer has graduated with honors from the Department of Mathematics and Mechanics at Moscow State University, got his Ph.D. in math at Northeastern University, and was a Post. Doc. and assistant professor at UCLA Department of Mathematics. Dr. Gleizer works as Chief Curriculum Developer and Lead Instructor at Los Angeles Math Circle for the past seven years.
Mya Greene Quargs Greene is a graduate of USC from the Music and Linguistics programs. Quargs has been a docent at LAMC for the past seven years and is currently a part-time freelancer.
Paul Hawkins is a second year Aerospace Engineering major also interested in statistics. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, running, and spending time with friends.
Daniel Hoff is the Curriculum and Instructional Supervisor for the math circle advanced groups. He received his PhD in Mathematics from UC San Diego in 2016 and now researches and teaches as a postdoc in the UCLA Department of Mathematics, where his primary research is in functional analysis, with a focus on operator algebras and their connections to fields such as ergodic theory and measured group theory. He has been working with the math circle since 2017, when he first had the opportunity to be amazed by its students and program.
Jason Huang
Morgan Joeck Morgan Joeck is excited to be part of the Math Circle again. He teaches algebra and geometry for LAUSD at Bishop Conaty ? Our Lady of Loretto. He went to UCLA for his Bachelor?s degree in psychology and Master?s degree in education. Morgan is a member of the California Mathematics Council and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and attends their local and national conferences annually.
Stephen Kelman is a second year Computer Science major at UCLA who is also interested in pursuing a double major in Mathematics. He participated in math competitions from high school and has experience teaching math to students of all ages. In his free time, he enjoys biking, swimming, and playing piano.
Arul Kolla
Sai Kommireddy is a high school junior. She has been attending math circle since the beginning of high school and is assisting in the Beginners 1A class. She thoroughly enjoys challenging herself through complex math problems and hopes to be able to share her love for math with others.
Sasha Kononova is a second-year undergraduate studying math and physics. Outside of STEMey pursuits, she enjoys listening to and playing music--she plays piano and a bit of classical guitar--, writing, researching random topics from dissociative identity disorder to the evolution of the mythology J.R.R. Tolkien created, of which she has been a fan for many years.
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Catherine Lange is the lead instructor for the Beginners 1B class. She has previously been an assistant instructor for the Intermediate 1B, and Intermediate II classes. She is a second year UCLA student currently studying Physics. Her other interests include theater, neuroscience, improv, chemistry, and writing.
Aiden Lee
James Leng
Kevin Li Kevin Li is a first year Applied Mathematics major with an intention of double majoring in computer science. He informally taught advanced single variable calculus classes with teachers in his high school alongside taking computation and competition preparation courses at WCSU. He loves music (esp. piano), tennis, and playing games.
Hairan Liang
Doug Lichtman is a professor of law at UCLA. He started teaching for Math Circle in the 2019/20 academic year.
Alvin Liu is a second year Math major at UCLA who is also interested in pursuing a minor in Japanese. He has some experience with competition math in high school, and looks forward to working with his students! In his free time, he enjoys curating classical/jpop playlists, practicing cello, watching anime, and finding temporary hobbies that he will probably drop after a few weeks.
Hunter Liu is a second-year Applied Math and Neuroscience double major. He is an absolute nerd when it comes to math, so he loves sharing all the cool ideas and concepts he learns about! Aside from math, you can catch him writing, making music, or coding projects in the wild.
Jiantong Liu is a third-year undergraduate studying pure math and cognitive science. His primary interest in math lies in algebra. Outside of math, he enjoys reading and playing chess.
Roshan Mandayam is a third-year undergraduate at UCLA majoring in Mathematics and Statistics. He has been tutoring math since high school and hopes to continue his passion in a Logic PhD. Besides academics, Roshan enjoys playing the violin, soccer, and chess.
Sumith Nalabolu is a second year undergraduate student at UCLA studying math and computer science. He participated in math competitions throughout middle school and high school, and has taught classes at the San Diego Math Circle. Aside from math, his other interests include basketball, speedcubing, and watching anime.
Saida Piri Saida Piri is a high school senior at LACES. She has been a part of Math Circle since the 4th grade. She loves to teach math and is really excited to help the Beginners classes!
Mark Ponomarenko is an LAMC alumnus and a second-year undergraduate student at UCLA. He is majoring in Applied Mathematics, and has experience teaching students of all ages. Mark’s other interests include computer engineering, martial arts, and photography.
Aditee Prabhutendolkar Aditee Prabhutendolkar is a freshman at Caltech with a major in Computational and Neural Systems and a minor in CS. She attended LAMC throughout middle school and high school and created a branch of the math circle in the Arcadia school district. She is excited to be the co-lead instructor of the AMC preparation class.
Maksym Prokopovych is an ORMC alumnus and 4th year Computer Engineering undergraduate at UCLA. Maksym found his love for math in the 7 years he was a student with ORMC and is glad to return to the program as a docent to inspire the next generation of math lovers.
Hengyuan Qi is a first year at UCLA. His current major is pre-applied mathematics. Beside math, he is also interested in philosophy and gender studies. He loves basketball and often watches anime in his free time.
Lydia Qin is a high school senior. She has participated in Math Circle for over ten years. She loves teaching math to enthusiastic kids and has assisted Beginners 1, Beginners 2, and AMC 8 classes. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and playing ultimate frisbee.
Nathan Quirion is an undergraduate transfer student at UCLA majoring in pure mathematics. He has previously attended LAMC/ORMC for 7 years and has served as a TA in physics at his community college. In addition to math and physics, he enjoys studying topics such as philosophy, Latin, anthropology, and the connections between seemingly disparate subjects. In his spare time, he draws and writes fantasy fiction.
Shriya Rajesh is a Junior in high school. She is interested in math and likes to teach others math as well. She also likes programming and solving challenging problems.
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Marcus Roper is a professor in the UCLA Department of Mathematics, and in Computational Medicine. In research, he is interested in connections between math and sciences and engineering. He is excited to be teaching one of the Beginners groups in the 2021-22 Math Circle.
Christina-Marie Santillan is the Communications Manager of the UCLA Department of Mathematics. She also assists with LAMC program administration. Feel free to contact her at santillanc@math.ucla.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding donations.
Sucharit Sarkar is a professor in the UCLA Department of Mathematics. His reasearch interest is topology.
Naji Sarsam is a third-year undergraduate math major at UCLA who is interested in later pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics. Outside of math, his interest/hobbies include practicing martial arts and language learning. He is excited to be a co-lead instructor for the Beginners 2A class this 2021-2022 year!
Andy Shen is a third year Computer Science undergrad. He joined the Math Circle in 2020, and is excited to pass on his mathematical passion through teaching. In his free time, Andy enjoys sketching and reading to unwind, and playing volleyball/basketball to let loose.
Robert Shen Bobby Shen graduated from MIT in 2017. He works at a startup in the West Los Angeles area working on audio / video signal processing. He othought it would be fun to suddenly join the UCLA Math Circle in free time but it was very strange timing.
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Dimitri Shlyakhtenko
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Max Steinberg is a 3rd-year pure math major at UCLA and a fan of all fields of math, in particular analysis. Outside of math, he enjoys Dungeons and Dragons, programming, and chess.
Glenn Sun is a third-year undergraduate math major at UCLA. He is strongly interested in combinatorics and theoretical computer science, and has experience TAing for classes in various high school summer programs. In his free time, he watches anime and Kdramas, cooks, and plays video games.
Chynna Swift is a fourth year pre-med student majoring in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics (MIMG) and minoring in Spanish. She has a passion for math and she is honored to be able to carry on Olga Radko‘s legacy by showing young students the beauty of math as well. This will be her 4th year in the Math Circle and she is excited to be the lead instructor of Intermediate 1B this year. She loves that she has been able to see her students grow as mathematicians and kind humans over the years! Outside of Math Circle, she is involved in virology research, she is a part in UCLA’s Afrikan Student Union as president of Curls U, and she loves going to concerts, Disneyland, and the beach.
Joshua Swift is a second-year undergrad student studying Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA. This is his second year in the Math Circle and he is currently an assistant instructor in Intermediate 1B. Josh is a member of the UCLA Football team and loves to play video games, listen to music, and work out in his free time.
Zheng Tan is a junior applied math student at UCLA. His interest lies in numerical analysis and optimization. Besides math, he enjoys playing badminton as well.
Raymond Tao Raymond Tao is a first-year undergraduate at UCLA majoring in mathematics. He participated in math competitions throughout high school and has a passion for teaching math to others. He comes from Ohio and was a member of the Ohio All-State ARML team. In his spare time, he judges at tournaments for his high school policy debate team. He hopes to study math in graduate school someday.
Yan Tao is a third-year undergrad pure mathematics major here at UCLA, and this is his third year teaching at the LAMC. In the future he plans to go to graduate school to study differential geometry or another closely related mathematical area. Before coming to UCLA, he taught some classes of a similar nature for the San Diego Math Circle in high school. He also has plenty of competition math experience from elementary school, middle school, high school, and here at UCLA, where he scored in the top 500 on last year’s Putnam. He is also a peer mentor for the UCLA Regents Scholar Society.
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Marcus Vidaurri is a second-year Mechanical Engineering student at UCLA. This is his first year with ORMC. He is passionate about understanding the universe through mathematics and extending that passion to the next generation. Outside of school he enjoys playing basketball, mountain biking, playing piano, reading, and admiring nature.
Yash Vora Yash Vora is a high school junior at LACES high school. He has been a member of the math circle since the second grade! Aside from math, Yash is a big chess player and has been playing ever since he was 7 years old. He is very excited to meet all of you!
Rui Wang is a second-year undergraduate studying mathematics. Outside of school, he enjoys jazz and orchestral music, playing tennis, and working out. Currently, he is an assistant instructor for the Beginners 2B section.
Lenny Wu is a second year undergraduate student pursuing majors in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at UCLA. In her free time, she makes recipes and shoots photos for her food blog, Vegamelon. She also enjoys running, lifting weights, reading, and playing piano. Lenny has tutored students in math and other STEM subjects since high school, and she is always thrilled to help others learn.
Runze Yu is a third-year undergraduate at UCLA studying mathematics. He has been participating in math competitions since high school, and he continues to find a passion in teaching math. Outside math classrooms, he is interested in linguistics and enjoys learning new languages. In his free time he enjoys running, playing soccer and watching anime.
Qiao Zhang is a high school freshman who joined Math Circle in 2nd grade and is currently an assistant instructor for the Intermediate 2 class. Qiao is passionate about math and is an avid problem solver, getting perfect scores in the AMC 8 and AMC 10 competitions. He qualified for USAJMO since 7th grade and is a recipient of the Spirit of Ramanujan Fellowship. Qiao is excited to pass his love for math to his peers. Besides math, Qiao is also a passionate solo and chamber music player. In his spare time, he enjoys playing chess and board games with his friends, creating math problems, and taking “mathematical” walks with his family.
Rachel Zhang is a third year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Computational and Systems Biology (C&SB) with a concentration in biological data sciences. She is excited to be an assistant instructor for the Beginners 2A class this year.
Frank Zheng Frank Zheng is a third-year UCLA student studying math and computer science. He loves working with students and is excited to be an instructor for ORMC! Outside of school, he enjoys reading, making digital art, and learning new things.
Erica Zhou is a second-year undergraduate student at UCLA studying Mathematics/Economics and Statistics. She has been playing Go, a traditional Chinese chess game, for more than 10 years and enjoyed exploring the interconnection between Go and math. In her free time she also enjoys watching movies/dramas, playing volleyball, painting, cooking, and reading. Having tutored students with math, English, and Go since middle school, Erica is thrilled to join ORMC!
Hongyu Zhu is a third-year undergraduate student at UCLA. His major is pure mathematics. He likes to talk about mathematical ideas with friends. He served as the leader of his high school math club for two years. Apart from mathematics, he also likes running, reading, and playing the piano. His favorite natural number is currently 112.
Konstantin Zuev is an assistant teaching professor of computing and mathematical sciences at Caltech.

Previous Years

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Osman Akar
Aaron Anderson
Ria Arora
Salman Avestimehr
Meijke Balay-Mickelson
Farzin Barekat
Kaley Barnett
Krish Bhutwala
Samuel Birns
CIPRIAN BONCIOCAT
Francisc Bozgan
Francisc Bozgan
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Wenjun Cai
Pietro Carolino
Grant Carroll
Andre Chen
Zhenyi Chen
Hugh Cheng
Katarina Cheng
Eric Chiang
Aaron Cohen
Asher Cohen
Iris Cong
Nicholas Cook
Taylor Corcoran
Kyle Coughlin
Colin Curtis
Lucy Xunyuan Dai
Adam Drown
Torrey Duan
Joshua Enwright
Kristen Fukunaga
Alin Galatan
Ishita Gambhir
Andrew George
Clinton Givens
Dani Glouberman
Katja Goldring
Michael Hall
Luke Harmon
Kyle Hess
Jeff Hicks
Emmanuelle Hodara
Bryan Hu
Gavin Hu
Samanda (Yuting) Hu
Clark Huang
Haiyu Huang
Rong Huang
Cole Hugelmeyer
Samuel Hunter
Kristi Intara
Scott James
Dylan Jamner
Fushuai Jiang
Morgan Joeck
Stella Joh
Ashin Jose
Derek Jung
Rajiv Kaipa
Ufuk Kanat
Harris Khan
Eli Kirshbaum
Max Kroft
Don Laackman
Angela Lam
Daji Landis
Joyce Law
John Lensmire
Jeff Lewis
Jeff Lewis
Claire Li
Yingkun Li
Zhengjun (Jasper) Liang
Elizabeth Lim
Ben Lin
Florence Liu
Adam Lott
Anton Lykov
Matthew Mallory
Samir Mallya
Katy McDonald
Jiayun Meng
Travis Meyer
Konstantin Miagkov
Caitlin Newsom
James Newton
Daniel Nghiem
Huan-Sony Nguyen
Danh Nguyen Luu
Daniel O?Connor
Noah Olander
Jason O?Neill
Tudor Padurariu
Janet Page
April Pan
Alexandru Pascadi
Alyssa Perez
Prateek Puri
Michael Puthawala
Steven Qu
Anand Rajagopalan
Aaditya Ramesh
Nitya Ravi
Nitya Ravi
Eilon Reisin-Tzur
Zhin Pyoung Rhee
Lauren Rosas
Will Rosenbaum
adrian roth
Courtney Scott
Moe Scott
Katherine Sheu
Joy Shi
Ruby Shi
Isaac Solomon
Melinda Speckmann
Nicholas Stich
Nick Strehlke
Mingxi (Iris) Sun
Cassandra Tai
Christine Tai
Adam Toubian
Igor Van Der Put
Venkata Varchasvi Vedula
Luke Vellotti
Pedro Vilela
Ethan Waldman
Ivy Wang
Deven Ware
Danielle Waters
Sian Wen
Cory Williams
Connor Winn
Jonathan Wolf
Taylor Womack
Michael Wong
Rowan Wong
Andrew Woods
Chloe Wu
Keqin Yan
Daniel Yazdi
Jiayan Ye
Rosalie Yee
Richard Yim
Annie Zhang
Jacob Zhang
Jiwei Zhang
John Zhang
Shangjie Zhang
Xinyi Zhang
Xuxin Zhang
Zhihao Zhao
Dillon Zhi
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